Comic Review: TMNT Vol. 3

Posted on October 1, 2015 By

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 3: Shadows of the Past
TMNT Vol. 3

IDW

4 stars

Splinter is gone, and the Turtles are off to get him back – with help from both old and new human allies, and this series continues to amuse me. :)

Also, I am doing my best to keep from making an “enter the dragon” joke in this review, but my will power may not last.

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Novel review: Firelight

Posted on October 1, 2015 By

Firelight (Darkest London, #1)
Firelight

Darkest London 1

Kristen Callihan

3 stars

Firelight, the first book in the Darkest London series, is a supernatural romantic adventure of a different sort. When Miranda’s ruined father announces that she is to wed the much-gossiped-about and terrible Lord Archer (well, he says it’s her choice – but he also says he’ll throw her out of the house either way) she’s none too pleased by the concept, but decides to make the most of it. Of course, what she doesn’t realize is that the two of them may be the only ones in the whole world who could complete one another.

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Catching up

Posted on September 30, 2015 By

I’m back from the con, but still trying to get a handle on stuff. Several new reviews waiting in the wings! And also, there is one heck of a  pile of new books I need to show off. :)

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Manga Review: Detective Conan Vol. 43

Posted on September 28, 2015 By

Case Closed, Vol. 43
Detective Conan Vol. 43

Gosho Aoyama

4 stars

Going to sporting events in the Detective Conan universe is dangerous.

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So. Many. Comics.

Posted on September 25, 2015 By

This weekend is Baltimore Comic Con! I will try to write something up each day if I’m able, but I can’t promise anything. Those of you who’ve been or have friends who’ve gone to a convention can attest to how tough finding time can be sometimes, considering its sort of like a vacation. :)

 

Though to be fair, I won’t be vacationing per se. My sister, author and artist of Firefly Cross and Twister Mirrors, has a table at the convention and I’ll be helping her with that! It can be a fun way to pass a convention, as you have a seat whenever you want it and the costumes come to you. 😀 But it can also be a lot of work, especially if she runs low on stuff and I need to go further afield to get what she needs.

 

I usually go to these with a list of books I want to find, but my list this time is pretty limited. However, one of the books I am looking for may also be spawning a 2- or 3-post set talking about second person as a narrative device. We’ll see how quckly I get to it – soon I hope!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR

Posted on September 22, 2015 By

Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by the awesome The Broke and The Bookish blog, and this week’s theme is the top 10 TBR books for this fall.

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Comic review: TMNT Vol. 2

Posted on September 21, 2015 By

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 2: Enemies Old, Enemies New
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 2

IDW

Kevin Eastman

4 stars

With Raph back, the Turtles are a whole family once again – and we learn a bit about the past of the man known as Hamato Yoshi, before he became a rat known as Splinter.

It seems that every version of the Turtles plays a little with the backstory and this one is no different. And as always, without spoiling too much, there are parts of this I like and parts I don’t. All I can say is, I’m with you, Donatello.

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Manga review: Detective Conan 42

Posted on September 19, 2015 By

Case Closed, Vol. 42
Detective Conan Vol. 42
Gosho Aoyama
5 stars

Detective Conan is a manga that largely doesn’t go anywhere.

I don’t generally mind this. It’s similar to its peers in other media in that way – sort of a gag-a-day but for mysteries. I get why it bugs some people, but I’ve never been bothered about it because I enjoy the mysteries. Still, sometimes it abruptly remembers it does actually have an overarching plot and makes some overtures toward moving said plot along.

And my favorite such development to date is the one in this book.

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Novel Review: Deadlands: Ghostwalkers

Posted on September 18, 2015 By

Deadlands: Ghostwalkers

Ghostwalkers

Series: Deadlands

4 stars

Jonathan Maberry

This book was very kindly provided by Tor through Net Galley in return for an honest review.

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Let’s get this out of the way first — I love Deadlands.

 

For those who aren’t familiar with it, Deadlands is a tabletop RPG combining the Old West setting with the mad science of pulp novels and the creepy horror notes of Lovecraftian and zombie tales. In addition to its own system, has also been converted to a number of more common tabletops over the years. I personally have the original book and the sourcebooks for both GURPS and Savage Worlds. They’re generally the only source books I will take down and thumb through just for fun. Deadlands was one of my favorite games to play, one of the first ones I ever GMed and retains a spot in my heart as my favorite tabletop setting ever.

 

So when I heard Tor was putting out a series of books based on the setting, I’m pretty sure I couldn’t have been more excited. So, if that matters to you, keep it in mind – I’m a fan, who thinks this is a spectacular setting for storytelling.

 

So, how about “Ghostwalkers” – is it good?

 

Yes. Yes, it’s good.

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Comic review: Gunnerkrigg Court 5

Posted on September 17, 2015 By

Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 5: Refine (Gunnerkrigg Court #5)
Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 5

Thomas Siddell

5 stars

One of the interesting things about reading the trade collection of a webcomic that you don’t get so much with a more traditional comic collection is seeing things in greater context. Regular comics come in chunks of 20-32 pages usually, allowing for the story to be read as chapters. But for web comics, they’re often released as individual pages.

 

For a gag-a-day, that’s fine. But for story-driven comics, it can really make for a choppy storytelling flow. So you can let a few build up and read them as a chunk. But seeing the whole thing in one book, it gives the story all the context that can leak out in normal online presentation.

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